I grew up in Australia as a Mormon and served a two year mission in Japan when I turned nineteen. Three years after I returned from Japan I was married in the Temple and now currently have three young boys with my American wife. Currently we live in Arizona with the possibility of returning back to Australia one day. My wife and I stopped attending Church about two years ago and have loved our new lifestyle ever since. This lifestyle allows us to explore the outdoors on Sundays and spend more quality time with each other instead of fulfilling church callings. My wife and I have grown closer since we left the Church and have enjoyed making new friends that we feel like we would never had made had we stayed in the Church.

I have a greater outlook on life now and live it to the fullest with my family and friends. I also enjoy saving 10% of my income that would have gone directly to tithing and now I’m able to donate money directly to people in need. My family is and always will be my number one priority and I love the freedoms that my wife and I now have to raise our boys with what we believe are important morals and standards.

When my wife and I first started to question our beliefs in the Church we spent almost 12 months of serious studying and speaking with close friends and family. Eventually we made the tough decision that the Church was no longer for us, and it wasn’t easy at first. However, we have since became involved in several great communities, including The Nautilus Community that meet twice a month and provide people with service opportunities, social, spiritual, and intellectual growth.

Life is great! We have no regrets and we are happier than we have ever been as individuals and as a family! The world isn’t such a scary/wicked place after all 🙂

Heath in AZ

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